October 1999 News


Violators will be shot at, Army warns JKLF

3 October 1999
The Indian Express
By Pradeep Dutta

JAMMU: In view of Pakistan's stand to allow Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) marchers to cross over the Line of Control(LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir region on October 4, the Indian forces have been put on high alert to thwart the infiltration bid.

The security forces (Army and para-military) have adopted various measures to stop the marchers led by Amanullah Khan, JKLF chairman, from violating the cease fire line. As per the information received from the recent meetings held at JKLF's main nerve center in Rawalkote, the entry points that have been identified are Chakothi in Uri region, Hajira in Poonch and Kotli Naswal area of the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

This is an easy trek and also falls in the vicinity of the training camps run by the ISI. They will not prefer borders of Gurez and Gool Gulabgarh side, as the terrain there is very difficult," a senior Army official said.

A 25-year-old, resident of PoK, apprehended by the Army in Akhnoor sector on September 30, during interrogation disclosed that marchers were planning to come from Mardani area in Poonch. He revealed that his motive for crossing the LoC was to motivate people on Indian side for the "cause of independence" and to generate support for the marchers.

The security forces have been alerted to plug the sensitive areas. Despite reports that there can be no movement from International Border, the BSF high command has issued fresh instructions to its men on duty there to be extra vigilant. A special consignment of binoculars and loudspeakers have been rushed to the expected points of intrusion. besides this the Army has purchased several thousand meters of cloth and have ordered big banners to convey message- "any bid to cross over to this side will suicidal".

"Our first step will be to announce on loud speakers to prevent them from violating the law. Banners will already be put up on which there will be clear instructions that violating of the LoC will result in firing," sources in Army said.

The Army has adopted phase wise actions to tackle the situation.

Even, after these warnings if the marchers continue to move towards the Indian side, the Army jawans have been asked to fire few volley of shots in air or towards ground to create fear psychosis among the protestors. And the last option is to open direct fire on incoming front members.

The Army has apprehensions that Pak may try to infiltrate ammunition and militants along with the marchers. "For that matter also we are on high alert," said a Brigadier, keeping vigil on the border.

In order to counter misinformation campaign and propaganda of any sorts by Pakistan, the Army has in advance invited the media to be present on spot on the D-day, to give a world wide coverage of Pakistan's activities to disturb peaceful atmosphere of the region after their debacle in Kargil region.

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